Some early Christians rejected pagan learning and asked, "What has Athens to do with Jerusalem?" But St. Basil the Great thought Athens had quite a lot to do with it! This influential speech to young Christian students is chock full of quotes and stories from the pagan poets, demonstrating that Athens could be a foundation and aid for Christian study, as long as it was rightly used and understood.
St. Basil the Great was bishop of Caesarea and a great theologian. His brother was St. Gregory of Nyssa (among other saints in the family) and St. Gregory Nazianzen was his friend. He lived from AD 329-379.